Nell wins at Cheeky Animals and David does some Tasting

Me: I know you were playing Cheeky Animals with me down on the beach.

Nell: Are you absolutely sure about that?

Me: I saw you, Nell. Sticking your tongue out at me when you thought I wasn’t looking.

Nell: I was simply enjoying a brief paddle.

Me: You were trying to catch me out.

Nell: The water was lovely and clear.

Me: It looked lovely and cold to me.

Nell: You don’t have paws so you can’t possibly understand the joy of it.

Me: Well, you didn’t win at Cheeky Animals.

Nell: I think you will find that I did.

Me: I caught you. Several times.

Nell: More than two?

Me: No.

Nell: Ha!

Me: Wait a minute. If I’d said three what would you have said?

Nell: The same thing.

Me: So you’re always going to say you beat me?

Nell: Yes, because I did.

Me: I give up.

Nell: Good idea. Now, Poppy wants to know what you feel about Brussel sprouts with your Christmas roast.

Me: I love them.

Nell: Boiled, steamed or sautéed in butter with a little bacon?

Me: I usually have them steamed but the bacon version sounds tasty.

Nell: That’s exactly what David said. He’s in the kitchen with Poppy right now doing a taste test.

Me: My Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy is an awfully good taster.

Nell: It’s true that David has a discerning palate but he has a great deal of trouble Exercising Restraint.

Me: What do you mean?

Nell: Let’s just say if he is on a Tasting panel he is best Tasting last.

Me: Because of his discerning palate?

Nell: No. Because for David, Tasting means Finishing. Everything.

Me: Oh dear. I hope he hasn’t eaten a whole bowl of sprouts.

Nell: Don’t we all.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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